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Belief and beyond belief + MORE

In tune with the zeitgeist, the London Philharmonic dedicated yesterday's performance of Mozart's Requiem to the four victims of Wednesday's terrible attack at Westminster. But the orchestra passed on the opportunity to dedicate the other work in their programme, Strauss' Death and Transfiguration,.... More »
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New York Phil nabs Houston concertmaster + MORE

The new NY #1 is to be Frank Huang, presently concertmaster of the Houston Symphony. He succeeds the retired Glenn Dicterow after a search process that lasted almost two years. Statement: ‘More than any other musician, the concertmaster shapes the persona of an orchestra, and in Frank Huang w.... More »
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Arise, Sir Bryn…. and other honours + MORE

The baritone Bryn Terfel has been knighted and percussionist Evelyn Glennie made a Companion of Honour (CH) in the UK list of New Year’s Honours.   The conductor Jeffrey Tate also received a knighthood, as did Barry Ife, outgoing head of the Guildhall School. There are OBEs for City of B.... More »
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Classical Music News - Harry Rabinowitz (1916-2016) + MORE

British conductor and composer Harry Rabinowitz died in June 2016.... More »
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Daily Download: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Laudate Dominum + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Laudate Dominum, performed by Kosice Teachers' Choir..... More »
Prom 57 review  Daniel Harding's debut makes too much of MahlerA rushed performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony found neither Harding nor the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra at their best"It is an enormous piece and it makes a lot of noise," is how conductor Daniel Harding, not without humour, describes Mahler’s "Resurrection" Symphony, a work with which he enjoys a long association…

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Stemme's stunning Salome Prom 58

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Stemme's stunning Salome Prom 58Stunning Nina Stemme Strauss Salome Prom 58.  Full review in Opera Today by Robert Hugill”The problem with Salome (written in 1905), is that though premiered barely a century ago it dates from an era of different performing styles. Dramatic sopranos had voices which were more lithe, more narrow in focus…

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Lost Works No.2: G.W.L Marshall-Hall's Symphony in Eb

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G.W.L. Marshall-Hall (1862-1915) is a name that is now little known in the United Kingdom. Yet his provenance is second to none. He was born in London and studied with Parry and Stanford. Soon assuming a place of importance in the musical life of London, he wrote a number of significant works which reached a degree of popularity…

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Operalia

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So I am watched part of the Operalia webcast with head in hands.Somebody take the stick away from Domingo, please, because he is undercutting every one of those poor young singers.Where is Alfredo Kraus when you need him? Because……incredibly crude Duke of Mantua……pretty bad Werther….However, that tenor singing “Ah, fuyez, douce image” had real promise…

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Prom 58: Richard Strauss's Salome

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Prom 58: Richard Strauss's SalomeNina Stemme Richard Strauss Salome; Nina Stemme, Doris Soffel, Burkhard Ulrich, Samuel Youn, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Donald Runnicles; BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 30 2014 Star rating: 5.0Lithe, youthful and intensely dramatic performance of the title role, complemented by glorious orchestral playingThe BBC Proms continued its Richard Strauss celebrations with a performance of his first major operatic success Salome…

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Triumphant Mahler 2 Harding Prom 57

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Triumphant  Mahler 2 Harding Prom 57Triumphant! An exceptionally stimulating Mahler Symphony No 2 from Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Prom 57 at the Royal Albert Hall.  Harding’s Mahler Tenth performances (especially with the Berliner Philharmoniker, read more HERE) are pretty much the benchmark by which all other performances are assessed…

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Winners (and losers) at Domingo’s Operalia

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Winners (and losers) at Domingo’s OperaliaSad to report that neither of the countertenors got a sniff at the top prizes. The two high guys shared a $10,000 consolation slot.
The winners are:
Rachel Willis-Sørensen (US), 30, soprano
 

 
 
and Mario Chang  (Guatemala), 28, tenor.

 
Rachel has already sung major roles in big houses – Mimi in Bohème at Semperoper Dresden and Countess in The Marriage of Figaro at Covent Garden…

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It has been said many times (and by Strauss himself) that the title role of Strauss’ Salome requires at least two different voices. Nina Stemme has both of them. And so seamlessly, artfully, are they rolled into one that it is hard to think of any other singer at the present time who better encapsulates and commands every facet of the role, both vocally and dramatically…

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The German ensemble musikFabrik were first seen at the International Festival last year with a tribute to Frank Zappa. It was one of the highlights of the programme. So I was delighted that Jonathan Mills made sure to invite them back immediately, this time with this bizarre but fabulous piece of music theatre…

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Rupert Christiansen on a supremely confident interpretation of Richard Strauss’s decadent masterpiece

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"It's got to be obsessive." Meet Mark-Anthony TurnageI went to see Mark-Anthony Turnage the other week to talk to him about the revival of Anna Nicole that is to open the Royal Opera House’s new season (11 Sept). Article is in the Independent now and the uncut version is below. First, a taster: the PARTAY scene with the amazing team of Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Gerald Finley as Howard Stern…

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San Diego Opera Downsizes to SurviveAfter a near collapse, the San Diego Opera is engaging in a rescue mission, hoping to prove that opera can still thrive not only in San Diego but across the country.

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